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My First Opera Remembered

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

"L'Orphée" marked my first opera--a beautiful tale that swept me away with tides of excellent execution. I was expecting Greco-Roman and I got mid-ce...

Why You Should Say Thank You to Your Quarter-Life Crisis

Kassy Scarcia | Posted 02.05.2016 | Women
Kassy Scarcia

The key with exploration is to welcome and embrace it. Don't expect instant answers, don't force yourself into a box created by others, and most importantly don't force yourself into a box you created.

5 Things I've Learned At 24

Emily Breeden | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Emily Breeden

Here are five things that I've learned at 24:

25 Best Ever Sci-Fi for YAs

Randall Radic | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
Randall Radic

Bored out of your mind with video games? Got over 500 channels in hi-def and nothing's on? Here's a novel idea: read a novel! You know the things with pages and printing and an enticing picture on the cover.

5 Reasons Why We Fail to Pause Before We Get Into Trouble

Chris Mayya | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Chris Mayya

Training our attention and awareness qualities is one of the best ways that I know of, to learn to get in touch with our discerning mind and the energy within our body. Such training is like holding up a mirror onto our own minds, just as we do with our faces, and instantly recognize what is it that needs fixing.

Spiritual But Not Religious? It Just Doesn't Work.

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

I don't think that you can be truly spiritual without being religious. It just doesn't work. A sociologist of religion named Nancy Ammerman has finished a new study of religion in everyday life. She concludes that the SBNR is a unicorn. By this she means that it is a species that does not exist in reality.

Life Is a Highway

Marin Langlieb | Posted 11.06.2015 | Teen
Marin Langlieb

When I sit in my car all alone, I realize that like it or not, now I'm an adult, and I have to do adult things -- drive, sit in crazy, rush-hour traffic, and take responsibility when I'm late because I got stuck behind a garbage truck and was too afraid to change lanes.

So Many in Need, It's Hopeless? Quandary of Assisting Youth in Greece

Jim Luce | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

The needs of children and young adults in Greece are enormous. The problems there are so insurmountable that the Greek government alone cannot solve t...

What You Need to Know About Teens and Depression

Liv Raimonde | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

Depression is a maddening enigma, one that our society has had extreme difficulty in unraveling its mysteries for centuries. Depression is debilitatin...

7 Things I Did Better When I Was 17

Avelist | Posted 10.12.2015 | College
Avelist

I am embarrassed to count how often my eye drifts to the clock during the workweek. But then those two short days come to an end and Monday is here again. At 17, I lived every day to the fullest.

4 Parenting Essentials I Learned From My Adult Kids

Mary Novaria | Posted 10.08.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

One of the most humbling things about my kids growing up is realizing that I still have growing up to do myself. I'm a reluctant empty nester. And while I'll always be my kids' mom, having the chicks out of the roost and on their own means I've had to adjust the way I parent.

Are You Ready for the Teen Transition?

Todd Kestin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Todd Kestin

From the moment they placed that bundle of joy and hope and love in your arms, you've been in control. You spoke, they listened. (At least that was the plan.) Now you have something else on your hands. Now you have a teenager.

Growing Young Adults: What Parents Need to Know About Your Children at College

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 09.30.2015 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Of course, we all like to think that it is the sons and daughters of others who experiment or do foolish things. Remember, too, that you did not share everything with your parents.

An Online Program That Works for Addicts' Families

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Depending on their typical parenting style, most have already tried the standard continuum of approaches from lecturing, nagging, and punishing to some version of tough love best described as "my way or the highway."

The Hard-To-Hear Advice Every 20-Something Needs

Greatist | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Greatist

Part of adulthood is understanding the importance of finding peace with your current situation. It took me until I was 40 years old, riding solo across the country on my motorcycle to really find my inner peace.

8 Things I Never Knew About Having Adult Children

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 08.05.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

Now that I have all four of my offspring living nearby, I've noticed not only a stronger bond between us, but a few subtle idiosyncrasies that no one warned me about once my baby chicks grew up and flew the coop. I was surprised to learn the following about my adult children:

4 Reasons Why the 90s Are Making a Comeback

Unwritten | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Unwritten

It hasn't surprised me that the nostalgia of the Gen-Y childhood is making a comeback. I could sit here and write an endless list of all the reasons the '90s were the best decade to be a child in, from Tamagotchis to Rugrats to 'N Sync (the reasons are endless). But I think there are deeper reasons as to why our Gen-Y childhood culture is making a comeback.

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

Saying No to Affluenza: 5 Ways Faith Can Help Parents of Teens Raise Healthy, Caring Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

How can parents help their own children say no to affluenza? Or to become caring young adults, forsaking refuge in addictive behaviors? One answer may be right down the street: Their local church, temple or mosque.

What Times Square Yoga Taught Me About Church

Cari Pattison | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion
Cari Pattison

Last June 21st, I reluctantly accompanied my friend Sarah to Times Square Summer Solstice for Yoga, appropriately titled: "Mind Over Madness." Every year, thousands of people descend upon two Broadway plazas throughout the day for their chance at a free yoga mat and one of a dozen outdoor classes.

Dashed Hopes: The Two Words That Erase Your Children's Dreams

Todd Kestin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Todd Kestin

I worked with John for several years, helping him navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, and for as long as he could remember he had always wanted to bring together his love of numbers and sports, particularly baseball.

My Depression Is Not an Accessory

Jacob Hood | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacob Hood

Not only do statements such as, "I'm so depressed," or, "I swear I'm bipolar," diminish the reality of mental illness, but they also reduce the experiences of true victims to "just emotions." Depression isn't a mask you can slip on at your leisure to validate negative feelings.

If Caitlyn Jenner Is So Gorgeous, Why Do Transgender Youth Feel So Sad?

New Harbinger | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
New Harbinger

Even if Caitlyn is setting an impossible standard for acceptance, she is only one early step toward acceptance for people of all gender expressions. We've come a long way over the last 10 and even five years. In your lifetime we will come even farther. You're an important part of that work.

Why Growing Up Means Failing, Learning, and Moving On

Unwritten | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Part of growing up is learning that maybe all your dreams won't come true, no matter how hard you work or how much you want them. And an even bigger part of growing up is learning to accept this, move past it -- and, ultimately, find something new to immerse yourself in.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Adult Children Still Fight!

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

To be sure, some siblings never get over their childhood dramas -- a situation that causes pain for the parents. But many do